Journal article

Relationships among microstructural properties of bone at the human midshaft femur

HM Goldman, CDL Thomas, JG Clement, TG Bromage

JOURNAL OF ANATOMY | WILEY | Published : 2005

Abstract

Mineralization density and collagen fibre orientation are two aspects of a bone's microstructural organization that influence its mechanical properties. Previous studies by our group have demonstrated a distinctly non-random, though highly variable, spatial distribution of these two variables in the human femoral cortex. In this study of 37 specimens, these variables are examined relative to one another in order to determine whether regions of bone demonstrating higher or lower mineralization density also demonstrate a prevalence of either transversely or longitudinally oriented collagen fibres. An analysis of rank-transformed collagen fibre orientation (as determined by circularly polarized..

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